Understanding the National Utilities Code

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Are you complying with the National Utilities Code? 

Its use is compulsory for all road and rail controlling authorities and utility network operators and their contractors for access to the road and rail corridors to install and maintain utility assets.  

This essential course gives an intensive look at the Code from principles to specifics, and includes discussion on the roles and needs of the different parties.

It is designed for corridor managers, utility operators, consultants and contractor staff who supervise work in the road and rail corridors. It covers interpreting the Code from start to finish and how to comply with the requirements of the Utilities Access Act 2010.

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2 day course.

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Fiona Knight

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$895 +GST per person 

(minimum numbers are required before a course is confirmed)

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Topics include

  • The context in which The Code operates
  • Roles and responsibilities of all the parties
  • Understanding the terms used in the Code
  • General requirements of the Code
  • Planning for new assets in the transport corridors
  • Obtaining access to the corridors
  • Reasonable conditions
  • Procedures for working in the corridors
  • Cost sharing
  • Implementation issues from the NZ Utilities Advisory Group


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On completion of this course participants will

  • Understand the National Code of Practice for Utility Operators’ Access to the Transport Corridors from cover to cover
  • Understand the issues facing the different parties
  • Use their course notes to assist them when seeking access to or working in a transport corridor
  • Be familiar with their own specific responsibilities under the Code
  • Comply with the Code as required by the Utilities Access Act 2010
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Who should attend

Any-one who has responsibilities for administering or complying with the Code: corridor managers, administrators, road and railway asset managers, utility network operators, consultants, managers of people working in the road corridor.

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Presenter information

Fiona was fully involved throughout the development of the Code from 2006 until it was approved by the Minister for Infrastructure in 2011, and knows it intimately.  She has managed seminars on the Code across NZ, and developed the Think Safe, Work Safe, Home Safe handbook for workers in the road corridor.

Fiona was also Executive Officer for the NZ Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG) 2001–2013. She is a qualified and award-winning training presenter who has been actively involved in training since 2000.

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